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Sabah's Amelia has no regrets over early retirement
Published on: Friday, January 12, 2018

Kuala Lumpur: Former national women doubles player Amelia Alicia Anscelly has never regretted taking an early retirement from badminton in order to achieve her aspiration to produce more champions from among the youth squad.

The 30-year-old Sabahan, who was appointed as a women's doubles coach for Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), said she was willing to impart her knowledge and experience to young players and help produce more shuttlers of calibre at the grassroots level. "I have thought about playing professionally after retirement but I am aware the enthusiasm of becoming a badminton player is not like before.

"It is better that I devote myself to imparting my knowledge to these young players.

"I am the one who applied to be a coach, but my husband and friends and family too have given a lot of support to my choice," she said.

She was met by reporters after a gathering with BJSS students at the Malaysian Badminton Academy, Bukit Kiara.

She said she would discuss with the youth coach Kwan Yoke Meng about the programme to be done in the near future.

Amelia, who retired last year, was understood to be at odds with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) because of her frequent exchange of partners which caused her performance to decline.

She was ranked 17th in the world when partnering Soong Fie Cho in 2015 and also won the championship at the Indian Open Badminton Championship in the same year.

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